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January 20, 1940

Manual de las enfermedades endocrinas y del metabolismo

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Por G. Marañón, profesor de la Universidad de Madrid. Paper. Pp. 355, with 74 illustrations. Buenos Aires: Libreria Hachette, S. A., 1938.

JAMA. 1940;114(3):277. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810030077032

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Dr. Marañón's textbook is not a comprehensive treatise on endocrine and metabolic disorders and does not pretend to be one. Its value lies in the critically written introductory chapters. In them the author analyzes the criteria necessary for the correct evaluation of a suspected endocrine disturbance from both the clinical and the laboratory point of view. He emphasizes especially the need for a healthy skepticism with regard to the hinterland of so-called subclinical endocrinopathies and the mixed, polyglandular syndrome. However Marañón, in common with some European clinicians, writes with positive assurance of "neuro-endocrine" syndromes, emphasizing the connection between the divisions of the autonomic system and the endocrines. We have far too little exact knowledge of such interrelationships at present to be able to do anything more than express vague generalities. The descriptions of the syndromes, their clinical course and the treatment, are accurate and concise. In general only well tested

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